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Dr. Woody Asks: Do You Talk About Work On Your Personal Blog?

September 15, 2011

DRWOODYchairlogo1 Dr. Woody Asks: Do You Talk About Work On Your Personal Blog?

Question of the week: Do you talk about your internship or job on your personal blog?

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Last week’s Up/Down had 1,071 responses! When it comes to blogging about your job/internship, the vast majority of you said you don’t do it!

YES

11% (113)

NO

89% (958)

First of all, there is somewhat of a perception out there that Millennials spend their time blogging away, sharing all sorts of inane details about their daily struggles. One of our previous polls found that only 20% of you actually maintain your own personal blog. So, of that 20% only 11% of you are using your blog for venting about work issues. However small the number is, the issue is nonetheless an important one to address.

Although it may feel good at the time, this modern-day manifestation of the “water cooler” can have serious ramifications.

The use of social media and blogging as a release valve for dealing with workplace challenges has become somewhat of a hot button over the last couple of years. From mildly inappropriate statements to malicious rants, more and more frustrated workers are turning to the web to seek out sympathy from friends and wreak havoc on the targets of their anger. Although it may feel good at the time, this modern-day manifestation of the “water cooler” can have serious ramifications. Teachers have been fired for lambasting students, government employees have been reprimanded over inappropriate remarks, and employees in private companies have been fired for criticizing bosses. I even did an interview on CNN about the issue. Remember, once you put it out on the web it becomes public domain and therefore can be used against you. Be careful what you post!!!

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Sara Ersoz September 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

This is so true. As professionals, or even as interns, it is best to keep private affairs to one's self! The more one speaks, the more likely they are putting their foot in their mouth, publicly, or professionally….public policies are ever so changeable, to suit each member of the “group think”, or as I call it, “group work”, such as facebook, tweeter, etc.

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Folake January 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

This is great. I don't know when people will realize that anything you post on the internet, can even go as far as to be used against you in the court of law. It's serious peoples!

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